Villa Gamberaia, an Italian formal garden

Edith Wharton called it “probably the most perfect example even in Italy of great effect on a small scale”… its a lovely little thing, a jewell in an otherwise well-bejewelled Florentine landscape… North of the great Renaissance city, its tucked away in Settignano (home to a jewell of a restaurant thats only for vegans… another reason to go!).  I was in the area photographing a rather nice hotel, but on my day off, this was a garden I had longed to see and photograph…  Its got a bowling green, some dilapidated statues, some ancient topiary and a water garden that rivals anything else in Italy.  Thats it… reasons a-plenty to visit.

Villa Gamberaia, Settignano, Florence, Tuscany, Italy. fabulous formal garden

Villa Gamberaia, Settignano, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

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Lifestyle Photography for Nisi Living in Bristol

It was lovely to do some lifestyle photography for a local company last week (no long car journeys and home so quickly!)… Nisi Living are a Bristol based company, selling ‘Mediterranean Tableware and accessories’.  They are a recent start up, selling online, and have a range of tableware, rugs, lanterns and furniture… we were blessed with a hot (Mediterranean!) sun and it felt like Greece had come to Bristol!

Lifestyle Photography for Nisi Living in Bristol

Nisi Living shoot, Long Ashton, summer 2016

 

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Hotel Photography at Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury Park is beautifully sited, surrounded by a rolling golf course, and with views across to the Cotswolds that any Hotel visitor would die for (and in fact, any photographer would die to photograph!).  The new owners have taken on a big job, but have (with the help of vastly experienced manager Patrick Jones) revamped and revitalised the place.  Its smart, cool and comfortable.  I photograph a lot of hotels and have seen many ‘top end’ a place spoiled by being a bit too cool and ‘distant’.  Here, they have managed to be super chic but also friendly and approachable.  The design is thanks to Jane Clayton, and the added wow factor is thanks to those lovely rolling hills..

Photography at Tewkesbury Park Hotel

Photography at Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Spring 2016

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Happy Easter, spring flowers in Devon

 

Easter Flowers

Easter vase of flowers photographed in Devon

 

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Interior Photography in West London

I recently shot an interior for a young interior designer in Parsons Green. The architects, Ikon, had built a light filled and well proportioned basement extension, and the designer, Summer Williams, used a light touch and pared back colour … The result is rather lovely.  And easy to photograph! Thanks to Summer for the styling too.
 
  

  
 
 

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Interior Photography Bristol and London

Two features out at the moment, in Homes and Gardens, and in 25 Beautiful Homes.  Many thanks to the relevant mags, but also to the owners…. may of them love to be in a magazine, but its actually quite a job for them to get the place ready, clean all those windows, dust all those surfaces and hide all those wires!  here’s to them!  and thanks

Interior Photography for Homes and Gardens and 25 Beautiful Homes

Interior Photography for Homes and Gardens and 25 Beautiful Homes

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Photography for Pubs

Now, I’m keen on pubs.  Very keen.  In fact I did a whole book a few years ago for CAMRA on beautiful pub interiors, so when I was asked to ‘do some snaps’ for a mates pub, I was happy to do so.  Very happy in fact.  Its a great little boozer, not a gastro pub (although they do some nice burgers, soups and even vegan stuff), it has a quiz night and shows the rugby every now and then.  What more do you want?  Its very central (Kingsdown in Bristol), good value and very friendly.  So, next time you’re ‘riding through the glen’, nip in to the Robin Hood.  You might spot some very merry men….

The Robin Hood Pub Photography

Photography for The Robin Hood Pub in Bristol

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Architectural Model Photography

It’s a small world! I have photographed a few of Designscape’s houses (the real ones that is), so when they asked me to do some studio photography for them of their architectural models, I thought twice about it and then said yes.  Its a completely different discipline… EVERY speck of dust shows up, every imperfection.  However, its also similar in many ways.  The lighting and composition.  And then there’s the post production! getting those black backgrounds right, focus stacking and endless ‘spotting’ in photoshop.  I loved it actually…

Architectural Model Photography

Architectural Model Photography

Architectural Model Photography

Architectural Model Photography

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Frosty Garden Photography at Hanham Court Gardens, Bristol

Just returned from a lovely but freezing tramp around my friends garden in Bristol.  Frosty weather is great for the garden photographer because it emphasises the shapes and structure of a well designed garden (not many are as well designed as this one!) and gives all the forms a well defined edge and ‘glitter’.  However, if you only have one pair of socks on, it can be jolly uncomfortable… after weeks of rain and dull skies, this week has been a good one for the garden photographer!  check out more of these, over on my garden photography stock website…

Frosty Garden Photography at Hanham Court Gardens, Bristol

Frosty winter morning at Hanham Court Gardens, Bristol

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Photography of Food and Interiors at The Bunch of Grapes in Bradford on Avon

I’ve certainly made the most of my commissions to photograph Château Rigaud, a super-stylish retreat tucked among the vines not far from Saint-Émilion in South West France and run with much generosity and panache by Anna and Aib Barwick. Not really like work – photographing wonderful interiors, landscapes and gorgeous food prepared by top chef, Steve Carrs and his team – but as good as it is, it’s a bit of a shlep to go for lunch or dinner. So praise be – Anna and Aib have only gone and opened a sort of outpost in Bradford-on-Avon, a mere half an hour train journey from home! I’m looking forward to rustic French classics from a menu put together by Steve  and cooked in an impressive wood-fired oven known as a ‘Bertha’, beautifully crafted and atmospheric interiors from the very talented designer Debrah Smith and a blooming brilliant wine list to wade my way through. However, I’ve got to sing for my supper, so here are some pics of the place to whet your appetite – and mine…

 

The Bunch of Grapes at Bradford on Avon

The Bunch of Grapes at Bradford on Avon

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